I have three things happening today. I won't list them in order of importance because they don't have any such order. I will just do them as they randomly bounce around in my head.
The wonderfully talented Jaye L. Knight is revealing the cover for her second book today, The King's Scrolls.
About the Book
Amazing cover, right?!
Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.
Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.
When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?
About the Author
Jaye L. Knight is a homeschool graduated indie author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean new adult fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
To celebrate her revealing of the cover, Jaye is giving away one of her handcrafted quill pen necklaces and a $5 Amazon gift card! Enter for a chance to win using the form below! U.S. entries only please. http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1f7330c113/)
Excerpt (Including the excerpt in your post is entirely optional.)
The other younger crete took a swig of his coffee and set his eyes past her. Kyrin peeked over her shoulder at Kaden who, of course, was staring at the dragon. The female creature stared back in mutual interest.
“Go ahead,” the crete said suddenly. “You can touch her. She loves attention, and she’ll only attack if I tell her to.” A sly glint sparkled in his spring-green eyes.
Besides Jace, Kyrin had never seen anyone with such bright and colorful eyes as these cretes.
Kaden looked at him, his brows rising. “You can do that?”
The crete nodded. “Dragons are highly intelligent. You can teach them almost any command. Storm here is young, but she learns fast.”
Kyrin smiled at the delight in her brother’s eyes as he stepped closer to the dragon and ran his hand over her bluish-gray neck scales. A grin split his face.
“She’s so smooth. Kyrin, come and feel it.”
Kyrin stepped to his side and laid her hand on the dragon. The scales were indeed very smooth, reminding her of the polished marble stair-railings in Auréa Palace, but they weren’t cold. Warmth radiated through them. The dragon, still watching them, let out a little rumble, almost like a giant cat’s purr.
“I told you she liked attention,” the crete said, grinning.
Kyrin chuckled and glanced at Jace to see if he wanted to touch the dragon, but he made no move to come closer. This certainly had more to do with the crete than the dragon. He was very fond of any type of animal. She faced the crete again.
“So they can breathe fire?”
“For short bursts, but that’s usually all it takes to deter any threat.”
“That’s incredible,” Kaden breathed.
While he continued admiring Storm, Kyrin observed the dragon’s rider. He appeared to be in his early to mid-twenties—about ten years younger than Captain Darq—though his exact age was impossible to guess. Cretes were said to mature faster than humans, so he could be anywhere from seventeen to twenty-five. He too wore a sleeveless jerkin. Brown tattoos, a little darker than his skin, marked both shoulders. Darq and the other cretes had them as well, but Kyrin hadn’t taken a good look at them until now. This man’s were a complicated pattern of spirals and dots, but the shape of a fox stood out in the center of his right shoulder.
Though she tried to be discreet, he must have caught her studying him and suddenly extended his hand to her. “I’m Talas, by the way. Talas Folkan of the Fox Clan.”
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Lastly, this is day too of Bella's NaNo Blog Party.
Today we introduce characters, and there is even a tag to go with it.
1. Who is your main character?
I have two. Brothers Hunter and Dean Kemp.
2. What is your character's age and what is his point in the story?
Hunter is sixteen and Dean is thirteen. Hunter's point would be to keep Dean safe and sprout out random facts about history. Dean's point is to make Hunter's point difficult and demand food every other page.
3. What does your character look like?
Both brothers have brown hair and eyes. Hunter is tall and kind of lanky, and he looks like a history nerd every time he uses his reading glasses. He is unassuming. Appears laid back and sweet. He usually is, unless Dean is in trouble.
Dean looks like a miniature Rambo whenever he carries his rifle. He is usually always smiling or laughing, especially when he's annoying people - which he is really good at because he is a little brother.
4. What are some of your character's best qualities?
Hunter's best quality is how he is always looking out for Dean. He would do anything to keep his little brother safe.
Dean's is always being cheerful, even when things get bad. He can lighten up any situation.
5. What are some of your character's worse qualities?
Hunter's stems from his best. If anyone hurts his brother it takes him a long time to forgive them. He can hold a grudge for years if Dean is involved.
Dean's would be his fear, which he keeps hidden. He'd be better off if he'd admit when he is scared and letting someone help, but he keeps it all to himself and it makes everything worse.
6. What is one thing you don't like about your character?
Hm...I have no answer for this yet. Well, maybe their stubbornness. Both are insanely stubborn. It hasn't come out yet, but it will soon and I think it will drive me crazy when it does.
7. What is one thing about your character you admire?
Both listed above in best qualities.
8. Who is/ are your side characters?
Leech. He is a grumpy outsider who "finds" the brothers and ends up traveling with them. He has anger issues, among other things, but he's growing on me.
9. What is your side character's age and what is his point in the story?
Leech is nineteen. And I suppose his point is to bring out this message I hadn't originally planned on. But he has other points too. Such as annoying Hunter, getting annoyed by Dean, and zapping giant machines.
10. What does your character look like?
Because he was exposed to all the deadly gasses during the bombings, Leech's skin has a blueish tint to it, and his hair and eyes are white.
11. What are some of your character's best qualities?
He ends up doing the right thing before it's too late. (Which, you know, always comes in handy.)
12. His worst qualities?
Spoiler alert, but he has a pretty bad bad quality. And his temper.
13. What is one thing you don't like about your character?
The spoiler thing.
14. What is one thing about him your admire?
That he does what is right in the end, even though it isn't easy for him and loses him the only family he has at the time.
15. What are your characters relationships to each other?
Brotherly. And all that entails. So all the jokes, bickering, pranks, and looking out for each other.
And, TADA! There are the fellas. Now I am going to try and get some writing done.
Quote is from Doctor Who.